Hurrah, I added new prints to the shop!
This is my first real collection of prints, a collection I planned to go together and launch together, and I'm excited to share it! I'm calling it The Winter Series. All are hand-painted originally, except the bees which are block-printed, and all eight pieces come in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes.
Over the past few months, I've mostly stopped trying to design for other companies. There have been a few un-looked for and actually fun freelancing gigs, and I have drawn a few things intended for licensing, but mostly I've been trying to figure out what my own style looks like. I felt like I was in a slump, and I wasn't enjoying this working-on-my-own-thing anymore. Such a waste, to work for yourself and to dislike what you are doing everyday.
I've been designing for other companies since I graduated from college six years ago, and when I decided to try to work for myself two years ago, I continued creating artwork specifically for clients and possible clients. I was trying to will myself to just create what I preferred, but it was difficult. I still think that a good designer is able to design for pretty much anyone, but I didn't need to be doing that anymore Why was I trying? I started feeling that I didn't know what my own style looked like... Was I too all over the place artistically? How do all these things that I like go together? I've been mulling it all over in my head, over coffee with my girlfriends, and on long walks with Joseph. It helped me, and so did this thought I stumbled across on Pinterest:
"Don't waste time looking for your style. The truth is you already have it, you just may need to create more in order to see it."
I had a sneaking suspicion it was true. So, I took a break from drawing things that I hoped would be purchased or licensed, and starting drawing and painting things that I liked. Sketching every single day in December was helpful too. I feel like I know myself a little better, and I love these prints. They are very very me, and that is nice to have figured out. I hope you like them too!
This week I'll go over the prints individually, and finally post some new studio photos. I love having the wallpaper up in here!